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Open Mic: Riffs on Life Between Cultures in Ten Voices

Title

Open Mic: Riffs on Life Between Cultures in Ten Voices

Authors

Mitali Perkins

Publisher

Candlewick Press

Publication Year

2013

ISBN

9780763658663

Pages

144 pages

Genre

realism

Format

anthology

Item Type

Fiction

Annotation

Let's face it: Talking about race can be difficult. It's a slippery subject, rife with as many perspectives as there are people in the world. But laughter gets us talking. It has the power to break down barriers and draw us closer together. In Open Mic, acclaimed author and speaker Mitali Perkins invites us to listen in as ten authors for young adults-some familiar, some new-step up to the mic and share their stories about what it's like growing up between cultures.

Grade Level

6-8, 9-12

Lexile Measure

810L

Diversity Topics

Racial Diversity; Culture/Ethnicity; Interracial; Biracial; Bicultural; interracial marriage; biracial teenagers; mixed race; skin color; two races; bicultural teenagers

Main Character

multiple

Race/Ethnicities

multiple

Family Formation

multiple

Awards

Cybils Awards, 2013, Nominee, Young Adult Fiction
Choices, 2014 Fiction Young Adult
Got Text Complexity? Selected Literature for Common Core Standards in English Language Arts (Grades 6-12), 2013 Books for Grades 9 - 10: Short Stories
Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People, 2014 Contemporary Concerns

Keywords

stereotypes; stories; race relations; high school; identity; religion; talent show; expectations

Diversity Impact

direct

Open Mic: Riffs on Life Between Cultures in Ten Voices


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